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Top 10 horseback riding instructors in Hartford, CT

Students agree: these Hartford horse riding lessons are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Avon Valley Show Stables LLC

Avon Valley Show Stables LLC

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
23+ years in business
Serves Hartford, CT
Passionate about teaching and training riders and horses. Over 30 years of experience. Qualified, certified and accomplished trainer that has shown on the East Coast, Florida “A”, and European horse shows. Located on 30 acres of beautiful grassy fields overlooking the Farmington River. Enormous indoor arena, two competition sized outdoor arenas with night time stadium lighting. Avonvalleyshowstables.com Find us on facebook
Vaquero Training Center

Vaquero Training Center

5.0Exceptional(5)
41+ years in business
Serves Hartford, CT
Lynn F. says, "Mike is extremely knowledgeable with horses and humans. He provides a level of understanding and confidents. He has been working with my 3year old and has made major ground. Mike always has the horses outcome in all situations to be the best for that horse witch I turn the rider then has to learn how to properly operate (if you want to say ). The horse. For me has been one of the best experiences I have had in horse world." Read more
Galloway Farm

Galloway Farm

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
24+ years in business
Serves Hartford, CT
Safety and complete horsemanship
US Horse Welfare And Rescue Org

US Horse Welfare And Rescue Org

New on Lessons
1 hire on Lessons
8+ years in business
Serves Hartford, CT
We love teaching both youth and adults, from beginner to advanced intermediate riders. Our instructors work to individualize the lessons, as we have both English and Western instructors. Our excitement comes from watching our students grow in confidence and skills!
Ebony Horsewomen Inc

Ebony Horsewomen Inc

New on Lessons
Serves Hartford, CT
Ebony Horsewomen, Inc founded in 1984 is a non-profit, youth development and community service organization that provides a variety of animal-based programs and specialty programs. Ebony operates in the beautiful 693-acre Keney Park with a facility that includes a heated 6000 sq. ft Indoor Riding arena and several out door paddock. The organization provides healing services to individuals
Hidden Meadow Equestrian Center

Hidden Meadow Equestrian Center

New on Lessons
7+ years in business
Serves Hartford, CT
We offer riding lessons to children and adults of all ages. Our focus is on the customer and providing quality riding lessons at affordable rates. We are passionate about helping people get back to nature and we want to help people learn more about horses and the world around them. Felicia, our owner and instructor, has over 15 years experience teaching riding. She was CHA certified and knows how to work with each student individually. We love seeing people enjoy nature and the outdoors. Seeing people enjoy horses and our other animals makes reminds us of the joy there is in the simple things in life....
JL Performance Horses

JL Performance Horses

5.0Exceptional(8)
54+ years in business
Serves Hartford, CT
Shereen says, "This group is Professional, knowledgeable and truly take pride in their work. Whether it's a Princess Pony Birthday party or a riding lesson this is the place to go!" Read more
Silver Shoe Farm

Silver Shoe Farm

New on Lessons
12+ years in business
Serves Hartford, CT
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Your Horseback Riding Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much are horseback riding lessons?

Horse riding lessons cost $45 to $80 per hour, depending on where you live and the type of riding you want to learn. Most riding lessons begin in the ring, where the trainer can safely monitor the beginning rider as they get comfortable in the saddle.

Many trainers offer introductory packages at a discounted price and start beginning riders out in group lessons. As you master the riding basics, then a teacher may recommend private lessons to focus on specific skills or more advanced riding training.

What age to start horseback riding lessons?

There is no particular age that is best for starting horseback riding lessons, instead, it depends on the child's maturity, physical coordination, and interest in horses. Most experts agree that children should be at least 6 years old before taking formal riding lessons.

For young children, the parents should visit a stable to introduce the child to horses and horse care before signing up for lessons. Choose a stable with well trained, gentle horses and experience with young riders.

Do you tip for horseback riding lessons?

Tipping for horseback riding lessons is not customary, but always appreciated. A thank you note is a great way to acknowledge a good teacher and show your appreciation. If you want to tip, 10% to 20% tip is more than generous.

What equipment do I need to begin horse lessons?

Most horse stables have horses and tack for use during riding lessons, so purchasing that is not necessary at the start. Your instructor will let you know their specific recommendations, but the basic equipment you will need to begin horseback riding lessons includes:

  • Helmet
  • Riding pants
  • Boots with heels
  • Gloves

Do I have to own a horse to be able to take lessons?

No, you do not have to own a horse to take riding lessons. Many riding schools and barns have well-trained horses for beginners through experienced riders. Taking riding lessons before owning a horse is a great way to make sure you enjoy riding before committing to horse ownership.

Learning basic equine care before buying a horse is also advised. Riding trainers often include an element of horse care as part of their lessons. Tasks like mucking stalls, cleaning tack, and basic horse grooming are incorporated into lessons and are beneficial to learn before becoming a horse owner.

How often should I have lessons? How many lessons do I need?

The frequency and number of riding lessons depend on your level of experience, riding goals, and budget. Generally, it is recommended that beginners take lessons at least once a week to build foundational riding skills.

Basic riding skills take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months to learn but the more you ride, the faster you will improve. Riders who take one lesson a week will likely spend their first year focusing on riding basics. Riders who practice more often or schedule additional private lessons will advance faster.

How do I choose a horseback riding instructor?

When looking for horseback riding lessons, be sure to:

  • Start by researching different riding styles and disciplines to help you narrow down instructors that teach the type of riding you want to learn.
  • Visit the stables to ensure you are comfortable with how the horses are treated and the arena is maintained.
  • Ask about group or private lessons and decide which is better for your budget and riding goals.
  • Ask about taking an introductory lesson to try out their teaching style and gauge your interest in the sport.

What questions should I ask a riding instructor?

Once you've narrowed down a list of potential riding instructors, ask them the following questions:

  • What is your teaching style?
  • What are your qualifications?
  • What are your rates?
  • What type of horses do you have?
  • What is your availability?
  • What is your cancellation policy?

Reviews for Hartford horseback riding instructors

Recent success stories from people in the Hartford area.
Jill D.
Mike seems to have a great horse sense and is very generous in sharing his knowledge. He has a knack for teaching us to think like the horse.
Vaquero Training Center
Tony D.
Wonderful communication and I greatly admire the complete life lessons taught! A true sense of family, and caring while fostering responsibility!
JL Performance Horses
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